WVU alumni honored

April 23rd, 2001

The West Virginia University Alumni Association recently recognized 2001 Alumni Award winners for service, philanthropy and the advancement of education during annual Weekend of Honors activities on campus.

The David W. Jacobs Award, which recognizes support and lifelong service to the association, went to Ray Adams of Apopka, Fla. Adams has been a guiding force for WVU outreach efforts in the state of Florida.

The James R. McCartney Award for outstanding citizenship and service to the community went to retired WVU administrator Dee Brown of Fairlea, WV. Brown is a former assistant vice president for Institutional Advancement at WVU and remains involved in special activities at her alma mater as well as with community outreach projects in GreenbrierCounty.

The Paul”Buck”Martin Award recognizes those who work to preserve, maintain and promote the traditions of the University. Gordon Thorn of Morgantown earned that distinction. A familiar face on the WVU campus for more than four decades, Thorn is the retired assistant vice president for Student Affairs. He is a noted authority on University traditions and history.

Tom and Erin Quinlan of Pittsburgh, Pa., were the recipients of the Margaret Buchanan Cole Young Award for graduates of 10 years or less who have provided outstanding service to a local chapter. The Quinlans are the leaders and organizers of the Greater Pittsburgh Area Alumni Chapter, one of WVU ’s largest alumni bases.

The inaugural John F. Nicholas award for extensive service to WVU was given to long-time friend Paul Farmer of Fairfax, Va. Farmer is the founder and organizer of one of the top university alumni events in the nationthe National Capital Area Chapter Crab Feast. The annual event, which draws some 1,000 WVU alumni and friends each August, has raised over $150,000 for scholarships and other endeavors.